10 Best: Lake District attractions
Saturday 01 May 2010
1 The National’s Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola celebrates 150 years of genteel cruising on Coniston Water in June (adults £15, children £7.50; nationaltrust.org.uk/gondola).
2 Naturebreak UK offers guided nature holidays for families, from foraging for food to wildlife watching (from £160 per adult for four-day courses, from £120 for children up to aged 15; naturebreakuk.co.uk).
3 K Village Factory Outlet Centre, Kendal, is a major shopping and leisure complex opening in early July with a heritage centre and places to eat (kvillageoutletcentre.co.uk).
4 Classic Cruises offers picnics and sightseeing for up to 10 passengers on Windermere in a water taxi built in 1936 (Charters: £100 per hour, £200 half day, £400 full day, £250 evening cruises; classic-cruises.co.uk).
5 The Wild Boar, a traditional coaching inn in the Gilpin Valley, is the first Lake District hotel to have its own smokehouse for meat, fish and cheese (rates from £78 B&B, based on two adults sharing a double room; elh.co.uk).
6 Twenty Queen Street, in Ulverston, is a chic converted Georgian self-catering property. It sleeps five and is just a short walk to the excellent Laurel and Hardy Museum (from £450 per week; twentyqueenstreet.co.uk).
7 The Camping and Caravanning Club has seven sites across the Lakes. New at Eskdale is the camping barn, sleeping eight (£110 per night; campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campingbarn).
8 South Lakeland Parks has new lodges at White Cross Bay on the shores of Windermere, with a beer garden and a multi-sports play area (short breaks from £761 per week in a lodge sleeping four; southlakelandparks.co.uk).
9 Grizedale Art Roots is a public art project along trails in Grizedale Forest. Look out for new sculptures, including Boat Race by the artist Keith Wilson. (forestry.gov.uk/grizedalehome).
10 Lakeland Campers offer self-drive breaks in Dolly, a restored 1969 Volkswagen camper van sleeping four including kids’ bunks (from £495/week, plus £150 non-refundable deposit; lakelandcampers.co.uk)
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